HERMON – Memorial Day is right around the corner and usually RVs from all over would be packed and ready for a camping trip.
The state of Maine has opened RV sites for the American holiday but only to residents, leaving some parks hurting.
“This year we were fortunate to have 5 caravans coming through unfortunately they were all canceled,” said Carol Doyon, co-owner of Pumpkin Patch RV Resort with her husband, Gilles Doyon.
On average, 86 percent of their guests come from out of state, she said.
“A lot of the people that do come, come back every year. They’re not only friends, they’re family now. It’s important we want to see them,” she said.
Canada’s Victoria Day was just this past Monday but for most, the trek north this summer has been put on hold.
“Generally, we fill up for that weekend. With the border being closed, we got nothing,” she said.
The Doyons said they are afraid it’s going to be a tough year but that’s not stopping them and others from a little innovation going into Memorial Day weekend.
“We’re just not going to give up. This is still going to happen,” Carol Doyon said.
Along with some other private camp owners, the Doyons are a part of a campaign urging Mainers to camp in your backyard.
For more information on the campaign and discounts offered, visit maine-camping.com.